September 25, 2006 • Volume 6, Number 65


Forging New Partnerships for New Challenges Through Research, Education and Service

October 29-November 1, 2006


Dear Colleagues,

As we bring 2005 to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update regarding association business this fall and to remind you of upcoming events for the New Year. 

First, I am pleased to report that all of the AUCD councils and board committees have been organizing their work plans and membership for the 2005-06 year and are meeting on a regular basis. In addition, ad hoc committees are being formed for planning the 2006 Annual Meeting and the 2006 Directors' Retreat.

I'd like to highlight a few areas that are under currently under development.  First, the research committee has been engaged in the establishment of a Research Council.  This proposal will be considered by the board in January. If approved, the proposal will go to the membership for a vote in the form of a by-law change.

The board is preparing for its winter retreat to be held January 9-10, 2006 in Puerto Rico.  Some board members have agreed to stay an extra day to participate in a symposium in collaboration with the Puerto Rico UCEDD.  Dr. Annie Alonso is coordinating this initiative that will focus on the areas of self-determination and the role of individuals with disabilities and families in the development of services, supports, and public policy.  The symposium is also being supported by the Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at CDC and will be attended by Dr. Jose Cordero, Director of the NCBDDD.

In February, AUCD will once again co-sponsor the annual Public Policy Forum in Washington, DC.  In addition to providing a wonderful professional development opportunity for UCEDD faculty, staff, and CAC members, this event has become a popular educational and networking opportunity for trainees.  The forum is scheduled for February 6-8, 2006 at the Capital Hilton hotel.  We look forward to seeing many of you! 

The Directors' retreat is scheduled for May 2006. This year, the Directors' retreat (May 12th) will be coordinated with the ADD Annual Technical Assistance Meeting (May 11th) and will be held at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Washington, DC (Arlington).  More details to come in my February Digest message on this event and the 2006 Annual Meeting scheduled for October 29-November 1, 2006 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel.

On behalf of the AUCD Board, I wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season. 

Best Regards,

Lu Zeph, AUCD Board President (